And just like that Cornwall went back to normal and it was like it never happened! But for a few days over the weekend things got very surreal around here with cavalcades of giant black cars and security driving through Penzance, exotic helicopters circling in the sky and our beautiful beaches flashing out on news reports across the globe – Boris even revealed himself to be a keen sea swimmer, diving in for a morning dip!
When it was announced that the G7 was coming to Cornwall my first thought (once I had confirmed it wasn’t April fool’s day!) was that it would be amazing for business. In the end, however, St. Ives was very quiet; all the visitors were hanging out within the ‘ring of steel’ that said I don’t think I’m alone in feeling incredibly proud of Cornwall; our landscape, people and food. We managed to host a peaceful, positive global event in the midst of a pandemic. It’s a weekend we won’t forget in a hurry!
Although we did see our little shop sneak into shot on the G7 Devon and Cornwall police website...
We often think of our mother’s day in the UK as being celebrated on the third Sunday before Easter, which this year is Sunday 26th March. But did you know it is celebrated worldwide and there are many different traditions across the globe?
In Samoa, mother's day is celebrated on the second Monday in May, and is always an annual public holiday with elaborate song and dance performances throughout the country. They celebrate the contributions made to Samoan society by mothers.
Celebrated on the second Sunday of May, Mother´s Day is a big day in Ethiopia. Festivities include large family gatherings and feasts. Traditionally, daughters bring vegetables and cheese to their mums and sons bring the meat.
In Korea, Parents Day on 8th May is a celebration of both Mother's day and Father's day, to commemorate the efforts of both parents in raising their family. It is a (somewhat controversial) tradition to wash their mother's feet in appreciation of the hard work mothers do for their offspring!
There also is a Children’s Day, which is a national holiday, whereas Parents’ Day is a working day. That doesn’t seem very fair to us!
In Serbia, Materice is celebrated on the second Sunday before Christmas. It is tradition for children to creep into their mother’s bedroom and tie her feet together with ribbon or string. To negotiate her release, the mother gives her children small gifts, they could be on to something here!
In the US, Canada and Australia, traditions include wearing a coloured coronation if the mother is alive or a white one if the mother is no longer with us. As with the UK, one of the popular treats for Mums is breakfast in bed. It is celebrated on the second Sunday in May.
So, whatever you’re doing this Mother's day, we hope you have a great day and get well and truly spoilt. We’re on our way to plan a Team Treffry feet washing session, watch this space!
Find a range of gifts for a No 1 Mum over in the Mother's day department on the website.
List 25 - 25 Ways Mother’s Day Is Celebrated Throughout The World - Found here
China Daily - Korean students wash mother's feet in gratitude - Found here
Serenata Flowers - 7 Weirdest Mother’s Day traditions around the world - Found here